It's winter here now, but the weather has been mild so far this year, with lots of blue skies. And there are lots of good things organised - the Vivid light festival, and the Film Festival. I saw the projections around Circular Quay and the Opera House from the MCA Art Bar. And took the children in to see the lights at Pyrmont, which they loved.
And the film festival was on - I saw a Ken Loach documentary, The Spirit of 1945, which I loved, and Only God Forgives (which ended up winning the festival prize) - I had picked both of them because of the times they were screening (and, OGF because it was at the State Theatre which is one of my most favourite buildings in Sydney), so went in not knowing much about them and they were both great - although Only God Forgives is ultra violent, but makes up for it with stylish set design and Ryan Gosling.
And last week I saw the Nederlands Dans Theatre at the Opera House with a fabulous group of friends and it was spine tingling and brilliant.
I also saw The Great Gatsby last week which was a bit ho-hum - I was expecting it to be more style than substance because Baz Luhrman things always are, and usually the fabulousness of the style makes up for the lack of substance but in this case it didn't. I thought some of the scenes (like the one with Isla Fisher in the apartment) were so incredibly styled and overacted they felt like a cartoon. I had no emotional connection to any of the characters at all, because they didn't seem to be (or even to be meant to be) real people. Has anyone else seen it? What did you think?
But although the movie was a bit disappointing I am embarking on more Gatsby-era reading - I loved The Paris Wife and next up is Z - a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald which is by a different author but in a similar vein (fictional autobiography). And I'm thinking maybe Careless People next.
I'm also flicking through an edition of Crafty magazine - I spotted it in a newsagent here after reading an interview with the editor on Tilly's Day in the Life series (have you read that series? It's great! Have a look here). It's quite fresh and fun to read, the craft is all a bit entry-level but I like that it isn't too cutesy and the interviews and features are interesting.
And I picked up this copy of Pochee magazine in at Kinokuniya last week - I haven't ever read it before but I'd been admiring the great cardigans Kate has been making from it so when I saw it I couldn't resist. I haven't been using Japanese patterns as much recently but there are a couple of patterns in there I can't wait to try (including the cardigan).
There's also been knitting and sewing going on but I can't seem to get it photographed... soon.
Have a lovely weekend! It's the shortest day tomorrow, so nice to know that the days will be getting longer after that.